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Psalm 59 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies.

For the choir director; set to [a]Al-tashheth. A [b]Mikhtam of David, [c]when Saul sent men and they watched the house in order to kill him.

59 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
[d]Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from those who do iniquity
And save me from men of bloodshed.
For behold, they have [e]set an ambush for my [f]life;
[g]Fierce men [h]launch an attack against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord,
[i]For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me.
Arouse Yourself to [j]help me, and see!
You, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Awake to [k]punish all the nations;
Do not be gracious to any who are treacherous in iniquity. [l]Selah.
They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go around the city.
Behold, they belch forth with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips,
For, they say, “Who hears?”
But You, O Lord, laugh at them;
You scoff at all the nations.

Because of [m]his strength I will watch for You,
For God is my stronghold.
10 [n]My God in His lovingkindness will meet me;
God will let me look triumphantly upon [o]my foes.
11 Do not slay them, or my people will forget;
[p]Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield.
12 [q]On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be caught in their pride,
And on account of curses and [r]lies which they utter.
13 [s]Destroy them in wrath, [t]destroy them that they may be no more;
That men may know that God [u]rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth. Selah.
14 They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go around the city.
15 They wander about [v]for food
And [w]growl if they are not satisfied.

16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my stronghold, the [x]God who shows me lovingkindness.


  1. Psalm 59:1 Lit Do Not Destroy
  2. Psalm 59:1 Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
  3. Psalm 59:1 1 Sam 19:11
  4. Psalm 59:1 Or May You put me in an inaccessibly high place
  5. Psalm 59:3 Or lain in wait
  6. Psalm 59:3 Lit soul
  7. Psalm 59:3 Or Strong
  8. Psalm 59:3 Or stir up strife
  9. Psalm 59:4 Lit Without guilt
  10. Psalm 59:4 Lit meet
  11. Psalm 59:5 Lit visit
  12. Psalm 59:5 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
  13. Psalm 59:9 Many mss and some ancient versions read My strength
  14. Psalm 59:10 Many mss and some ancient versions read The God of my lovingkindness
  15. Psalm 59:10 Lit those who lie in wait for me
  16. Psalm 59:11 Or Make them wander
  17. Psalm 59:12 Or The sin of their mouth is the word of their lips,
  18. Psalm 59:12 Lit lying
  19. Psalm 59:13 Lit Bring to an end
  20. Psalm 59:13 Lit Bring to an end
  21. Psalm 59:13 Or is Ruler
  22. Psalm 59:15 Or to devour
  23. Psalm 59:15 Another reading is tarry all night
  24. Psalm 59:17 Lit God of my lovingkindness
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Psalm 59 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 59[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[b] When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.

Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
    be my fortress against those who are attacking me.
Deliver me from evildoers
    and save me from those who are after my blood.

See how they lie in wait for me!
    Fierce men conspire against me
    for no offense or sin of mine, Lord.
I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
    Arise to help me; look on my plight!
You, Lord God Almighty,
    you who are the God of Israel,
rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
    show no mercy to wicked traitors.[c]

They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,
    and prowl about the city.
See what they spew from their mouths
    the words from their lips are sharp as swords,
    and they think, “Who can hear us?”
But you laugh at them, Lord;
    you scoff at all those nations.

You are my strength, I watch for you;
    you, God, are my fortress,
10     my God on whom I can rely.

God will go before me
    and will let me gloat over those who slander me.
11 But do not kill them, Lord our shield,[d]
    or my people will forget.
In your might uproot them
    and bring them down.
12 For the sins of their mouths,
    for the words of their lips,
    let them be caught in their pride.
For the curses and lies they utter,
13     consume them in your wrath,
    consume them till they are no more.
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
    that God rules over Jacob.

14 They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,
    and prowl about the city.
15 They wander about for food
    and howl if not satisfied.
16 But I will sing of your strength,
    in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
    my refuge in times of trouble.

17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you;
    you, God, are my fortress,
    my God on whom I can rely.


  1. Psalm 59:1 In Hebrew texts 59:1-17 is numbered 59:2-18.
  2. Psalm 59:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 59:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 13.
  4. Psalm 59:11 Or sovereign
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